Our research team wants to interview people affected by benefit sanctions and support. We especially want to hear from people in Glasgow who have experienced this as migrants, social tenants or offenders; or for anti-social behaviour in Glasgow, Peterborough and Greater Manchester. Also Universal Credit claimants in Inverness and Greater Manchester, jobseekers in Bristol and lone parents in Bristol and London.
Dr Sharon Wright comments on recent developments and the balance between sanctions and support. New evidence shows that benefit sanctions have removed £32 million from the Scottish economy and there are concerns that poverty and hardship are being created on a scale and intensity unseen for more than half a century. Read more
Dr David Webster’s analysis of the most recent DWP statistics, covering Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance, is out now. Read more here
Janis Bright considers the latest developments from the Commons Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into benefit sanctions. Read more here
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Read our new blog by Sarah Johnsen, which explores the evidence for this group of welfare service users. Sarah introduces a briefing paper with more detail on the history and arguments on this topic.
Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change project leader Professor Peter Dwyer gave evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee today. He was one of 10 witnesses asked to appear before the MPs to assist their inquiry into benefit sanctions and support. The inquiry follows last year’s Oakley Review with a remit to inquire beyond the scope of that report.
Read our new blog which comments on the latest DWP statistics for sanctions on benefit claimants. Is there a connection to the growing use of food banks?
The Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford has an exciting opportunity for a researcher to support our research activities for a fixed term period and help shape and deliver its growing portfolio of work. A significant component of the role will be to engage, as the University of Salford partner, with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions Support and Behaviour Change.